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4 Ways to Become More Involved in Your Youth Group

May 31, 2017 | Posted by Ashley Davis

You’re busy. I get it. I’m busy too. But going to youth events is important. And attending more of them is something we can all work on.

Being more involved in your youth group can have a lot of benefits. These include:

  • Growing closer to the people in your youth group
  • Growing in your faith
  • Getting chances to serve others
  • Gaining respect from adults in the church

Now, let’s look at four ways to get more involved in your youth group.

1. Clear out time for youth group

If you don’t make time, you won’t go. It’s as simple as that.

Try to avoid thinking that you’ll go if you have the time or if you are finished with your homework. Nine out of ten times, you won’t be done.

You won’t go if you keep making these little deals with yourself. So instead stop, breathe and let yourself go to the event. Don’t stress. I promise you will have time to do your homework later.

2. Suggest events that interest you

If you find yourself not going to events because they don’t hold your interest, try planning one yourself. You know you will be interested in the activity. This makes you want to go more.

This also helps you to realize that it’s difficult to plan an event that everyone will like. So you can keep that in mind next time you blame the adults for never planning anything fun.

I’ve noticed that when kids suggest events that interest them, more people attend. Once, someone suggested a video scavenger hunt around town. The adults hadn’t considered this before. But they were willing to plan one once they saw interest.

That was one of the most fun youth events I’ve been to. We raced across town doing fun and silly things, getting to know each other more. And all it took to get this event started was someone suggesting it.

3. Bring friends with you

If you aren’t very close to your youth group yet, hanging out with them all night can be awkward. To help yourself get over this feeling, bring one of your own friends. Not only does this introduce someone to church, but it helps you to avoid feeling socially awkward.

4. Keep Jesus at the center of it all

When you think about youth events, you often ask yourself “What’s in it for me?” But it is important to remember that it’s not about what foods you get to eat or what games you play. It’s about how you can grow in fellowship and get closer to God.

I know I don’t always attend youth events like I should. But I am striving to change that by becoming more involved. So next time you come up with an excuse not to go, consider what you could be missing out on. And remember how easy it is to be involved.

Ashley Davis
Hi, I’m Ashley. I live in North Carolina and am a sophomore in high school. I play trumpet in Marching, Jazz and Symphonic band, and I also participate in French Club and Band Council. I enjoy reading and writing, and I am excited to learn skills through this internship to become an even better writer.